87337 - Law Of Information

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The course aims to offer students the fundamental knowledge on the legislative discipline in the fields of publishing, printing, television and the Internet, as well as on the ethical rules of journalism. At the end of the course, the student:

- knows the legal and jurisprudential framework of the media system in general;

- applies the theoretical knowledge on the right to information to case studies (judgments of the Courts, decisions of independent administrative authorities;

- is able to analyze the legislative discipline that regulates the media system and the ethical rules of journalism.

Course contents

- Origins and constitutional basis of freedom of expression in established democracies and emerging democracies. Active, passive and reflective freedom of information
- International and European sources of law and the multi-level protection of freedom of expression and freedom of information
-Art. 21 Italian Const.  Implicit and explicit limits to the freedom of expression of thought. Technological development and protection of rights
- The right to report, criticize and satire. Discipline of the press. Professional journalism
- Broadcasting
- Internet
- Privacy and copyright
- Information and communication of public administrations
- The governing bodies of the information system


G. Gardini, Le regole dell’informazione, Giappichelli, 2021.

G. Gardini, Le regole dell’informazione, Giappichelli, 2021.
I. Spigno, Discorsi d'odio: modelli costituzionali a confronto, Giuffrè, Milano, 2018.

Teaching methods

The course adopts a mixed teaching method with frontal lessons and flipped classes, according to a calendar published by the teacher in the moodle of the course.
The flipped classes will be simulated processes in which students will take turns in the role of lawyers and judges, in cases previously assigned by the teacher and prepared at home by the simulated parties.

Assessment methods

During the course, students  will be divided into groups and each group will have to prepare the defense of a judicial case or a legal problem that will be assigned by the teacher at the beginning of the lessons. On the day of the mock trial, students who will not have a role as lawyers, will play the role of judges.
Each defensive college will send to the teacher the day before the simulated trial all the Materials that will be used in the classroom for the exhibition. The vote will be assigned to the group, regardless of the contribution that each student will have given in the preparation.
The teacher will take into account the active participation of students in the discussion of the case as judges, in particular for the purpose of awarding honors (LODE).
The score given to the simulated process is a maximum of 10 points.
The exam will be completed, at the student’s choice:
- with a written test on the topics dealt with in class and studied in the manual, based on two open-ended questions, to be carried out in one hour, in a special session dedicated to attending students by the end of classes, agreed with them.
- with an oral test in the ordinary examination sessions, on the subjects dealt with in class and studied in the manual.
This second part of the exam will be evaluated with a maximum of 20 points, and will average with the score obtained in the simulated process.

The exam will consist of a written test based on two open-ended questions, to be carried out in one hour and a subsequent oral test, both on the whole program and bibliographical Materials. The passing of the written test is a condition for the completion of the oral test, which will be held on the same day, immediately after the correction of the written test. Both tests will be evaluated in thirtieth. The final grade will be the average of the two tests.

Teaching tools

On the course moodle the teacher will publish the calendar of lessons, on which will also be indicated any seminars/ integrative initiatives of the course, as well as teaching materials and useful links for the study and deepening of information law.
Students  who for reasons dependent on disability or specific learning disabilities (DSA) need compensatory tools can communicate their needs to the Professor in order to be addressed to the competent office of the University and agree on the adoption of the most appropriate compensative measures.

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Bagni